“The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Kanye West’s bid to appear on the state’s Nov. 3 ballot as an independent presidential candidate, just hours before eight of the state’s 15 counties faced a deadline for printing ballots,” the Arizona Republic reports.
A state judge ruled that rapper Kanye West will be removed from the ballot as a presidential candidate in Virginia, WWBT reports.
Filmmaker Michael Moore warned in a Facebook post that enthusiasm for Donald Trump is “off the charts.”
Said Moore: “Are you ready for a Trump victory? Are you mentally prepared to be outsmarted by Trump again? Do you find comfort in your certainty that there is no way Trump can win? Are you content with the trust you’ve placed in the DNC to pull this off?””
He added: “I’m warning you almost 10 weeks in advance. The enthusiasm level for the 60 million in Trump’s base is OFF THE CHARTS! For Joe, not so much.”
New York Magazine: “In a span of two days, West was booted from the ballot in five states: Illinois, Montana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. In Illinois, Montana, and West Virginia, it was because he filed an insufficient number of valid signatures. In Wisconsin, it was because West did not file on time. In Ohio, the information and signature on West’s nominating petition and his statement of candidacy did not match those on petitions circulated to be signed.”
“West has filed in several other states in this week: Louisiana, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Virginia, but it is unclear if he will ultimately qualify to appear on the ballot in all of them. West may face particular issues in Virginia, where seven of the thirteen electors that West submitted told Intelligencer they were either unaware that they signed up to cast electoral votes on his behalf, or that they had signed notarized paperwork connected to the rapper’s presidential bid at all.”
Jared Kushner met privately last weekend with Kanye West, the rapper who has filed petitions to get on the November ballots for president in several states, the New York Times reports.
Amid various reports that Trump-affiliated political operatives are trying to get Kanye West onto various state ballots for the presidential election, the rap superstar indicated to Forbes that he was in fact running to siphon votes from Joe Biden.
Asked about that directly, West said that rather than running for president, he was “walking.”
When it was pointed out that he actually won’t be on enough ballots to yield 270 electoral votes and thus was serving as a spoiler, West replied: “I’m not going to argue with you. Jesus is King.”
“Kanye West has officially submitted signatures to appear on the ballot in Wisconsin, arguably the most important state on the presidential map — and those signatures were dropped off by an experienced GOP operative,” Vice News reports.
“Lane Ruhland, who a local reporter recorded as she headed in to drop off the signatures that would qualify West for his presidential bid in Wisconsin on Tuesday, is one of a handful of GOP election lawyers in the state — and a former legal counsel for the state Republican Party.”
New York Times: Republicans aid Kanye West’s bid to get on 2020 ballot.
“A St. Louis-based Republican consultant with ties to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley was listed as the point of contact for Kanye West’s campaign when it submitted signatures Monday to appear on the Arkansas ballot in November,” McClatchy reports.
“Kanye West is pushing ahead with his presidential campaign and is now trying to get on the ballot in Wisconsin, a pivotal swing state which was decided by less than 23,000 votes in 2016,” according to New York magazine.
“Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark on Friday that if the sport doesn’t do a better job of managing the coronavirus, it could shut down for the season,” ESPN reports.
Kim Kardashian is asking the public to show compassion and empathy to husband Kanye West, who has said he’s running for president, the AP reports.
Said West: “As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand.”
Kanye West, in his first event since declaring himself a presidential candidate, ranted against Harriet Tubman, saying the Underground Railroad conductor “never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people,” the AP reports.
His comments drew shouts of opposition from some in the crowd.
“Kanye West is moving forward in an effort to gather the 10,000 signatures necessary to appear on the presidential ballot in South Carolina, only days after qualifying to run in Oklahoma,” according to New York.
Pat Forde: “There will be no college football crowds of the usual size. There might not be college football, period. Pessimism percolates as the time for solutions dwindles. We are speeding in the wrong direction as a nation in terms of combating the coronavirus pandemic, and one of the cultural casualties of American casualness is an endeavor millions of us want and every college athletic department needs.”
“If the season dies, we know who had the biggest hand in killing any chance of it happening: Donald Trump.”
“When he inevitably gets around to Twitter-ranting about what has happened to the sport, Trump should instead do what he never does—accept some accountability for the state of affairs. By blowing the summer he’s jeopardized the fall, doing more to endanger the college football season than anyone in America.”
“Former game show host Chuck Woolery announced his son has tested positive for COVID-19, just days after Woolery accused medical professionals and Democrats of lying about the virus in an effort to hurt the economy and President Trump’s reelection chances,” The Hill reports.
“Woolery has since deleted his Twitter account following the announcement about his son.”
“Federal prosecutors told a judge Monday that Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite charged with helping the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein feed his craving for underage girls, tried to flee apprehension from FBI agents right before they arrested her earlier this month,” CNBC reports.
“Prosecutors revealed Maxwell’s effort as they argued that she is likely to flee the United States if granted bail of $5 million, or even more.”
“We haven’t done any of the things that other countries have done to bring sports back. Sports are like the reward of a functional society, and we’re trying to just bring it back, even though we’ve taken none of the steps to flatten the curve, whatever you want to say.”
— Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle, quoted by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
☑️ The Remarkable 2: Replace your notebooks and printed documents with the only tablet that feels like paper. Save $40 with this link.
☑️ From Nobel Prize winners to CEOs — listen to Chris Riback’s 5-star-rated Working Capital Conversations, a podcast on ideas that drive global business.